This Time

Album: The Performance (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from Welsh vocalist Dame Shirley Bassey's album, The Performance, her first studio LP of new songs in two decades.
  • This song was penned for Dame Shirley by Take That songwriter Gary Barlow. He recalled to The Daily Mirror: "I had to go to the studio and sing it to her; it was so nerve-racking. I came up with the song by going on Wikipedia and looking back over her life. She's an amazing woman."
  • Barlow appeared with the Diva in a BBC TV documentary in November 2009 in which he said it took him some time to perfect the song. It was reminiscent of Rodgers & Hammerstein, and uses the 6th, which he described as "a very old fashioned note" [meaning, obviously, the interval], adding "I've been wanting to do one for years".
    "This Time" had to be edited considerably, but in the end as musical director Mike Dixon said, it stopped being his song and became her song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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